Tullian Tchividjian, the grandson of Billy Graham who resigned as a pastor in June after confessing to an "inappropriate" relationship with another woman who was not his wife, has said that God has met him in his darkest moments and has helped him heal.
Tchividjian, who resigned from his position at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida and moved to Orlando at the invitation of Pastor Kevin Labby and the elders of Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, admitted in a Facebook post on Thursday that the first couple of months were very difficult for him to get through.
"But as time has gone on, God has increasingly been settling my heart and mind by meeting me in the deep places ... exposing my idols and replacing them with a fresh assurance of his love and grace," he wrote. more >>
All too often people speak pessimistically about themselves, and in doing so, unintentionally invite negativity into their lives. But a new book by Lakewood megachurch Pastor Joel Osteen reminds readers that words have power, and aims to help people kick the habit of speaking negatively and to invite good things through the power of the tongue.
"You have to invite the right things into your life," Osteen tells viewers during a segment on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" Tuesday.
In his latest self-help title The Power of I Am, Osteen teaches readers how to create a narrative of positivity in their lives using the two words "I am," followed by positive affirmations. In the opening chapter, he writes, "What follows those two simple words will determine what kind of life you live." more >>
Grammy-Award-winner-turned pastor Le'Andria Johnson admitted that she uses some unconventional methods to get people into the church.
"20 cigarettes, 20 people smoking them… they all came to church," Johnson told The Grio. "They're still coming to church. So it works. The method works."
The season three "Sunday Best" winner admitted that it will take unconventional techniques to reach people in this day and age. Besides passing out cigarettes, some of her other unique methods as seen in episode one include dressing promiscuously to minister to prostitutes and handing out condoms to those in need. more >>
"The Late Show" host Stephen Colbert praised Pastor Joel Osteen as a "Texan Pope Francis" for his message of inclusion during a recent appearance, though Osteen said he has no desire to become a denomination or have people follow him.
"I like your open message, it is very accepting, non-denominational, you seem like a Texan Pope Francis," Colbert, a Roman Catholic, told Osteen, who is the pastor of Lakewood Church, one of the largest megachurches in America.
Thousands of churches and mission agencies on every continent (except Antarctica) will unite in song later this month to sing the powerful hymn, "Facing a Task Unfinished."
The nearly 100-year-old song, recently remixed by world-renowned contemporary hymn writers The Gettys, will act as an anthem to raise awareness about Christian persecution worldwide.
"Facing a Task Unfinished" was written by China Inland Mission worker Frank Houghton as he reflected on the the Great Commission and the scripture Matthew 24:14 as dedicated his life to sharing the Gospel with people in China. more >>
For many people, maintaining a proper weight and a healthy relationship with food is a constant struggle. In an audio message shared Tuesday on his website, DesiringGod.org, Pastor John Piper, chancellor of the Minnesota-based Bethlehem College & Seminary, talks with pastor and author Paul David Tripp about food and weight loss. The pastors say the battle to lose weight isn't just physical, it's spiritual.
"The physical side of weight loss will happen in a lot of different ways for various people," says Piper. "But there's a spiritual dimension to weight loss that we all need to be aware of."
Tripp, who has lost 40 pounds, says fad diets don't work because they don't address the spiritual root cause. "You can't starve yourself forever. It is not healthy to eat packaged frankenfood forever. It is only when your heart is properly satisfied with God that you now have the power to say no to other things that would tempt you to go there for satisfaction." more >>